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  • 14 IACC

    Changing the Rules of the Game

    Legal Redress for Victims of Corruption: Enhancing the role of civil society in corruption related litigation

    Corruption is not a victimless crime – all citizens suffer as a consequence of corruption.

    International conventions compel countries to put laws in place so that victims can hold violators accountable, but these conventions are drafted by states for states. What if the state is involved in the theft of the country’s resources? What if a victim-state is unable or unwilling to conduct the appropriate legal proceedings?

    In many jurisdictions the legal tools are unclear, untested, or even nonexistent – leaving victims little recourse against corrupt officials or those who collude with them. The ability of victims to initiate civil claims and to participate in criminal proceedings is a crucial counterpart to enforcement by state actors. This is most profoundly true for victims in countries where corruption is systemic and meaningful prosecution is a fiction.

    How can civil society play a role in corruption related litigation?

    The workshop on Legal Redress for Victims of Corruption will seek to empower civil society by mapping the current legal landscape and tools available to address trans-national corruption. It will follow a workshop organized on the 11th during which concrete corruption cases initiated by civil society will be presented.

    Contributor Team:

    • Alan BACARESE, Head of Legal and Case Consultancy; Basel Institute on governance (Switzerland)
    • Edward H. DAVIS, Lawyer, Astigarraga Davis Law firm (US)
    • Abiola MAKINWA, Phd Researcher, Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands)
    • Maud PERDRIEL VAISSIERE, Managing Director, SHERPA (France)
    • Elizabeth RYDER, Senior Legal Consultant (Norway)

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